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Mink Oil: Turning Leather Into Butter
As your cobbler will tell you, it’s important to keep leather moisturized. Check out one of the best ways to keep your shoes protected from the elements.
After the tanning process, leather loses many of the natural oils that keep it supple, leaving shoes vulnerable to the elements. Consequently, owning nice shoes means keeping up a solid maintenance regimen, waterproofing, softening, and conditioning the leather so shoes don’t shrivel into worthless moccasins. Derived from the fat of the mink—the same cousin of the weasel family that’s prized for its fur—mink oil has long been many cobblers’ conditioner of choice, thanks to its natural ability to penetrate porous leather in a way that most synthetic leather conditioners can’t. Mink oil doesn’t just coat the surface of leather—it actually seeps into the shoe while it moisturizes, helping the material stay soft and supple.
Versatile, to a Point
Because mink oil is so good at bonding with leather, it can also be used as a waterproofing agent, making it valuable on many kinds of leather. However, its potency can over-soften leather over time and make shoes lose their structure, and some materials, such as chromium-tanned leather, don’t take kindly to it. It’s a good idea to check with your cobbler to see whether mink oil is the right choice to condition and protect your specific style of shoe.
- Mink oil is often combined with other ingredients, such as lanolin or beeswax, to augment its natural effects.
- Designer shoes aren’t the only beneficiaries of mink oil. Construction boots, for instance, can use it to help protect the leather against substances such as cement or molten steel.